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Battle Name : Sahagun

Date(s) : 20 December 1808

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , The Peninsular Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for British Cavalry over French Cavalry

Type of battle : Land


Sir John Moore intended to attack Soult's detached corps. The British cavalry division [two brigades] under Lord Paget came upon Soult's cavalry brigade at Sahagun. The French were badly mauled, one of the regiments so badly that it had to be disbanded. A brilliant British action with odds of two to one against.


A town in Leon province, northern Spain in the hills between the Rio Cea and the Rio Valderaduey. (Spain)

Casualty figures

French Cavalry

Number engaged :

Casualties :
333 (41.63%)

British Cavalry

Number engaged :

Casualties :
25 (6.25%)